Former President Donald Trump did not promptly return to his Mar-a-Lago estate after being arraigned in federal court in Miami on Tuesday. Instead, he visited a local favorite.
There are numerous social media posts depicting the 45th president’s visit to Versailles Cuban Bakery, where he was showered with support.
Newsmax host Eric Bolling tweeted, “Absolutely BRILLIANT call to stop at Cafe Versailles. An awesome Cuban bakery in Miami. Calle Ocho.”
— 🐊ERIC BOLLING🐊 (@ericbolling) June 13, 2023
In that location, Trump was serenaded with “Happy Birthday.”
Wednesday is Trump’s 77th birthday, as well as “Flag Day” and the 248th birthday of the United States Army.
Supporters sing 'Happy Birthday' to former President Trump, who turns 77 tomorrow, during a visit to a Miami restaurant after pleading not guilty to federal charges. https://t.co/vdFA4hGc9C pic.twitter.com/kutBHp0xMG
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 13, 2023
Trump responded by saying, “What a great group of people,” and said he would pay for everyone’s food in the cafe.
“Food for everyone,” Trump told the restaurant’s owner.
"Food for everyone!"
President Trump picks up the check at a Miami restaurant. pic.twitter.com/gwYpsDyML9
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) June 13, 2023
A modest group joined the former president in prayer.
Florida GOP Congressman Byron Donalds tweeted, “The power of PRAYER. May God bless and keep President Trump and his family.”
The power of PRAYER.
May God bless and keep President Trump and his family. pic.twitter.com/6LdYsTcGDq
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) June 13, 2023
Jake Tapper, the presenter of CNN, decided that all the positive feedback was too much, so he instructed his control room not to show any more footage from the bakery.
“I don’t need to see any more of that. He’s trying to turn it into a spectacle and into a campaign ad. That is enough of that. We’ve seen it already,” Tapper said.
Apparently, the juxtaposition of CNN promoting the narrative, “Trump’s a very bad guy, maybe even a criminal” with all the smiling, joyful people surrounding him did not work well.
Jake Tapper asks the CNN control room to stop running footage of Trump visiting a Miami cafe right after his arraignment.
"I don’t need to see any more of that. He’s trying to turn it into a spectacle and into a campaign ad. That is enough of that. We’ve seen it already." pic.twitter.com/ivjTf5m2JV
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 13, 2023
Meanwhile, Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich responded to the scene, “Incredible. This is why nobody in the Republican field can beat him. Maybe that will change, but doubtful.”
Incredible. This is why nobody in the Republican field can beat him. Maybe that will change, but doubtful. https://t.co/7dkcaoHfX4
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 13, 2023
Americans, and people in general, appreciate leaders who exhibit grace under duress.
It is redolent of Ronald Reagan’s response in 1981 after he was wounded.
Please tell me you’re all Republicans, he joked to the medical personnel at George Washington University Hospital as they prepared to operate on him.
The people loved it!
In a Washington Post/ABC News survey, Reagan’s approval rating skyrocketed to 73 percent.
Clearly, what Trump endured on Tuesday was not as significant or stressful as the attempt on Reagan’s life, but the Biden administration is attempting to end the Republican’s political career.
In fact, the Justice Department has accused Trump with enough alleged document-handling offenses to keep him incarcerated for the remainder of his life.
Today, Trump demonstrated leadership and has therefore earned praise.